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National Parks in Your Pocket

Watch these videos at your computer or download them to any handheld video device.

Watch these videos at your computer or download them to your handheld video device.

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The National Parks of New York Harbor Video Series

The National Parks of New York Harbor includes 23 unique destinations, all of them easy to reach by subway, car or ferry. Now, the National Parks in Your Pocket video series makes it even easier for you to "visit" Gateway National Recreation Area, Grant's Tomb and Hamilton Grange with just a click of your mouse.

Each video is available in three formats: Windows Media (.WMV), Quicktime (. MOV, for iPods) and Apple TV (.M4V). Choose the format that works best for your computer. TIP: If your connection is slow, save the videos to your computer first. Right-click your mouse over the link. Choose "save target as" from the pop-up menu. Save the file to any folder on your computer.

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NPS volunteer Elizabeth Reif, holding a diamondback terrapin

NPS Volunteer Elizabeth Reif, holding a diamondback terrapin

Photo by NPS volunteer Devora Fein

JAMAICA BAY, GATEWAY NRA

Citizen scientists look out for Jamaica Bay’s turtles (4:28)

Citizen scientists, from high school students to college professors, volunteer to keep watch over Jamaica Bay’s population of diamondback terrapins.

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Jamaica Bay is for the birds (3:41)

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is a safe haven for nearly 350 different species of birds from all over the hemisphere.

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Climate change threatens Jamaica Bay’s salt marshes (4:29)

Even a small rise in the water level can drown Jamaica Bay’s salt marshes. See what Gateway National Recreation Area is doing to preserve this important wildlife habitat.
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Battery Weed, one of two historic fortifications at Fort Wadsworth

Battery Weed, one of two historic fortifications at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island

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FORT WADSWORTH, GATEWAY NRA

Guardian of New York Harbor (3:46)

Fort Wadsworth preserves two historic forts and offers a terrific view of New York Harbor. Some images courtesy of The New York Public Library. Used by permission.

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How goats help preserve Fort Wadsworth (3:03)

Fort Wadsworth once protected New York from invasion. Today, its historic structures are threatened by “invasive” weeds. Hungry goats graze to the rescue!
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The lighthouse at Sandy Hook

The lighthouse at Sandy Hook

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SANDY HOOK, GATEWAY NRA

Beaches are only the beginning (3:34)

Sandy Hook’s beaches attract over two million people a year. But did you know about its bird habitat, salt marsh and the largest holly forest on the east coast?

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Disappearing guns and nuclear missiles (4:28)

Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook defended New York Harbor using cutting-edge weaponry.

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Life at an Army fort (3:09)

Sandy Hook has the oldest standing lighthouse in the U.S. But many of Fort Hancock’s military structures are just as significant. Photos: NPS, Sandy Hook Archives.
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Kites, with small cameras attached, take aerial photos of Fort Wadsworth

Kites, with small cameras attached, take aerial photos of Fort Wadsworth

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NATIONAL PARKS OF NEW YORK HARBOR EDUCATION CENTER

Parks and partners make education exciting (4:39)

The NPNH Education Center collaborates with the College of Staten Island, Brooklyn College and other National Parks in New York Harbor to create hands-on education programs, providing learning opportunities for students, teachers and other professional educators.

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Painting of Alexander Hamilton at New-York Historical Society, artist unknown

Alexander Hamilton, by an unknown artist

Collection of The New-York Historical Society. Used by permission.

HAMILTON GRANGE NATIONAL MEMORIAL

Moving Hamilton’s house across the street (4:16)

Alexander Hamilton was known as an energetic man who never stopped moving. But why has the home of this founding father moved twice in 200 years? Images courtesy of The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library and The New-York Historical Society. Used by permission.

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A founding father’s elegant home (3:36)

The man on the $10 bill—soldier, statesman, economic visionary—built a home in northern Manhattan that showcases his own imagination and attention to detail. Images courtesy of The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library and The New-York Historical Society. Used by permission.
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General Grant National Memorial, better known as Grant's Tomb

General Grant National Memorial, better known as "Grant's Tomb"

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GENERAL GRANT NATIONAL MEMORIAL

Building Grant's Tomb (3:41)

Donations from thousands of grateful Americans built a magnificent memorial for President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant. Images courtesy of The New York Public Library. Used by permission.
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Did You Know?

Castle Williams was part of a harbor-wide network of fortifications built or reinforced around the time of the War of 1812

In the line of fire! Cannon at Castle Williams of Governors Island National Monument face Battery Park in Lower Manhattan... and continually surprise commuters on the Staten Island ferry! Governors Island is one of 23 unique destinations within the National Parks of New York Harbor. More...